Sunday, December 27, 2009

Spirit of Christmas

I love Christmas time. I love the lights. I love the music. I love the time that you have to spend with your family. I love the hot chocolate. I love the scarves and the boots. I love watching the snow fall, while I am warm inside. I love the Spirit of Christmas time.
"What is the spirit we feel at Christmastime? It is His spirit—the Spirit of Christ."
-President Thomas S. Monson-

I'm thankful for this time of year so I can grow closer to the Savior. I'm grateful for the life he lived and the example he gave and continues to give. I know that He lives and I know that I can become like Him through the beautiful gift of repentance. I am so grateful for the Atonement and the power that it has in my life. I love my Savior and His gospel!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christmas Break.

It is Christmas Time, which is pretty awesome. It's been a crrrazy semester so I'm spending this break wisely.
It started with an amazing day of skiing at The Canyons (my favorite resort), followed by an awesome sleepover with my institute buddies whom I love; then a relaxing day at home with a few different crafts and a Christmas party with the Ross family, including an incredible football game with an outstanding score. GO BYU!
I'm planning on going snowboarding/skiing 3 more times before school starts again. AND I need book ideas. I want to read a book while it is snowing and I have a cup of hot chocolate. Hmmm... Sounds soo relaxing. What book should I read?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Oh, Sweet Justice.

The end of the semester has come. FINALLY! I have been waiting and waiting for Teacher Evaluations. There is one primary reason for this... Professor Wahlquist. (Even her name drips with malice). At the end of the short evaluation, it asks for any suggestions for the instructor. Here is my suggestion:
"This course is a beginning course. I did not know more than half of the authors and poets at the beginning of the class. I took this class to learn about these authors from a professor. Due to the "organization" of the class, Mrs. Wahlquist barely spoke at all. Each student had the unfortunate opportunity to lecture the class. I paid tutition to hear from a trained professor, not a learning student.
Class participation was not highly praised because most students prefer to just lecture. On the few occasions that Professor Wahlquist did teach, she lectured and lectured. I highly suggest having a discussion on the actual writings and not on Native American culture.
The requirements for this class are too high. As a full time student, involved in extra curricular activities and working, it was impossible to please Mrs. Wahlquist and focus only on her class. I would highly recommend evaluating and reorganizing the entire class structure."
I had to stop there because of word count, but I could have kept going... Can I just tell you how great it feels??